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Letters to the editor for July 2

Minnesota’s taxes impact boomers’ retirement decisions

Like many baby boomers I’m getting close to retirement. To me it’s important to be near my family but the state of Minnesota makes it very difficult to justify staying in the state any longer. I’m OK with paying taxes for the important services we receive, and help make our quality of life better, but there comes a point where it gets to be too darn much.

The state of Minnesota continues to tax Social Security benefits of retirees, causing many to retire elsewhere (i.e., to warmer climates), leaving their families behind. Minnesota has one of the highest income tax rates in the country, and for quite a while has worn the crown as one of the worst places to retire.

This is an election year and we need to show some tough love to these liberals and their demands on our wallets. Their wasteful spending is a total embarrassment. I for one can’t afford it anymore. 

By electing common sense conservatives in November, we are sure to benefit greatly from some much needed taxpayer-friendly legislation. We need advocates at the Capitol who will consistently put principles over politics without any reluctance, act with prudence and responsibility, and carefully and wisely spend our precious tax dollars.

Who knows – I might even retire here someday.

Jim Lambeth - Woodbury

Forefather’s words remembered amid Kerry’s GLBT message

When I hear that Secretary of State John Kerry says he will “work hard” to appoint gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people as United States ambassadors to the nations of the world, I ask myself, “Where is the modern-day David who will politically call out the philistine who sits in the White House where men such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson once sat?”

Indeed, I remember the words of Thomas Jefferson now inscribed in his memorial in Washington, D.C.: “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever.”

James Grinols - Woodbury